Latest on Hudson Valley storm: Flooding, roads closed, school closings, Metro-North shutdown

Matt Spillane Gary Stern Nancy Cutler
Rockland/Westchester Journal News

The remnants of Hurricane Ida hammered parts of the Hudson Valley, flooding much of the region, leaving thousands of people without power and causing school delays and closures on Thursday.

The tremendous amount of rainfall that battered the area on Wednesday and early Thursday left many people sorting out the damage this morning. A total of 10,836 customers throughout the Hudson Valley were still without power as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Flooding in Mamaroneck Sept. 2, 2021

Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency for much of the New York City metropolitan area, including Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties.

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At least seven people died in the flooding in New York City, where videos showed water overwhelming subway tunnels.

Many of the region's schools, which opened to students this week or plan to next week, face flooding and transportation issues. At least seven districts that planned to be open Thursday had to close their schools at the last minute. In addition, the Port Chester district delayed its opening day from Thursday to Sept. 9, and the Yonkers district put off opening day from Friday until Sept. 9. 

The Rockland County Sheriff's Department Wednesday night reported that "radio operators are fielding hundreds of calls for victims trapped in vehicles by rising waters."

The State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services on Wednesday night moved their water rescue teams to the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona. They assisted local volunteer fire departments in rescuing 11 people from floodwaters at the intersection of Route 303 and Orangeburg Road. Fire and police personnel also rescued 35 people from flooding in Spring Valley; 25 in Tallman; 10 in Nanuet; three in Tappan and one in New City, according to the Rockland County Executive's Office.

Rockland County was reporting Thursday afternoon that all southbound lanes and two northbound lanes on the Thruway are now open between exits 14 and 12. The right-hand northbound lane remains closed due to flooding, and delays still exist in the area.

Rockland County officials on Thursday morning were asking people to stay off the roads.​

“Major roadways...are closed and there are all kinds of obstructions on minor roads throughout Rockland due to the overnight flooding conditions," Rockland County Executive Ed Day said on Thursday morning. "If you go out now you will just clog the roads with additional traffic and further delay a return to normal conditions.".

At approximately 6:56 a.m. Thursday, a CSX train headed to North Bergen, New Jersey, derailed two railcars near Kings Highway in Valley Cottage in Rockland County, CSX said. The railcars were upright and there were no leaks or injuries reported at that time.

CSX said the cause of the incident was under investigation, but Day said it was due to wet conditions, which also delayed the response to the scene.

“I haven’t seen anything this bad since 1999 with Hurricane Floyd,” Day said.

Day said the county was applying FEMA aid, but it is a long process. Business owners and residents should document any damage before they fix it, he suggested, and then they could “seek reimbursement after the fact.”

Here are some of the storm's major impacts on the Hudson Valley:

Brewster firefighters push a disabled car out of flood waters on Milltown Road early Thursday morning Sept. 2, 2021. Heavy rain caused major flooding in some areas.

Road closures in Westchester County

  • The Sprain Brook Parkway southbound is closed at Central Avenue in Yonkers.
  • The Hutchinson River Parkway is closed in both directions between the Cross County Parkway and the Bronx.
  • The Bronx River Parkway is closed in both directions between White Plains and Yonkers.
  • The Saw Mill River Parkway is closed in both directions between Yonkers and Mount Pleasant.
  • Flooding and downed trees have closed Route 22 in multiple locations in Westchester and Putnam counties.
  • Eastbound on Westchester Avenue between Meadowbrook Road and Bryant Avenue in White Plains is closed. 
  • The Cross Westchester Expressway is closed in both directions in White Plains.

Road closures in Rockland County

  • Hungry Hollow Road by Sparrow Avenue in Chestnut Ridge was closed Thursdsay morning due to a down tree. The road was expected to open by late morning.
  • South Pascack by Lillian Drive in Chestnut Ridge remained closed around 9:30 a.m. due to a tree down on wires.
  • Spook Rock Road between Joy Road and Wesley Chapel Road was closed due to flooding. The road was due to remain closed until a rock wall dam could be inspected. 
A truck moves through a flooded section of Maloney Drive in Wappingers Falls on Thursday.

Other Hudson Valley road closures

  • In Putnam County, Route 9 is closed in both directions at Travis Corners Road in Philipstown.
  • In Dutchess County, Route 52 is closed in both directions south of Interstate 84 in Fishkill.
  • The Taconic State Parkway is closed in both directions between Route 82 and Route 55 in LaGrange.
  • In Orange County, Route 207 westbound is closed at Riley Road in New Windsor.
  • Route 218 is closed in both directions north of Route 9W in Highlands.
  • Route 208 is closed in both directions in Blooming Grove.

Hudson Valley school closures, delays

Schools across the region only began to open yesterday, but at least seven Westchester, Rockland and Orange districts already had to close schools today because of flooding and travel conditions. 

The Port Chester, Rye Neck, Scarsdale, Clarkstown, Hastings-on-Hudson, Mount Pleasant and Washingtonville districts all notified families this morning that schools would be unable to open.

Scarsdale Superintendent Thomas Hagerman wrote in a notice to the community that all seven district schools were closed because of significant flooding. “Our crews have been working around the clock to clear interior and exterior water damage, but our schools are not safe for students or staff at this time,” he said.

The Port Chester district announced in late morning that the start of school will be delayed from today until Sept. 9 due to "damage to multiple buildings." The Yonkers district later said that the first day will be delayed from Friday, Sept. 3 until Sept. 9.

In addition, Croton-Harmon, Pleasantville, Byram Hills and Chappaqua all had delays.

Only 14 districts in the Lower Hudson Valley began the school year Wednesday, including Byram Hills, Rye Neck, Clarkstown, Scarsdale, Chappaqua and Mount Pleasant. 

Most districts in the region are to open next week, after Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah. Twenty-six districts will start the school year on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Several districts that have not yet started the school year still closed school buildings today for various activities. A notice from the Mamaroneck district said: "Last night’s heavy rains and flooding caused significant damage to our school buildings and created unsafe conditions."

Hudson Valley transit shutdowns

Metro-North Railroad said its service is suspended on both sides of the Hudson River because of severe flooding, power issues and washouts caused by heavy rainfall.

Bus service for Hudson Link, Bee-Line and Paratransit is suspended because of flooding.

Hudson Valley power outages

  • Westchester: 9,207 Con Ed customers out, 4 NYSEG customers out.
  • Putnam: 126 NYSEG customers out.
  • Rockland: 885 Orange & Rockland customers out.
  • Dutchess: 295 Central Hudson customers out, 1 NYSEG customer out.
  • Orange: 2 Central Hudson customers out, 153 O&R customers out.
  • Ulster: 118 Central Hudson customers out.
  • Sullivan: 45 O&R customers out.

How much rain fell in Westchester?

  • Mount Kisco: 8.46 inches
  • New Rochelle: 7.79 inches
  • Tarrytown: 6.97 inches
  • Armonk: 6.78 inches
  • Ossining: 6.44 inches
  • Pleasantville: 6.12 inches
  • Eastchester: 6.06 inches
  • Elmsford: 4.92 inches
  • Shrub Oak: 4.57 inches

How much rain fell in Rockland?

  • Suffern: 5.03 inches
  • New City: 4.14 inches
  • Pomona: 3.56 inches

How much rain fell in Dutchess?

  • Wappingers Falls: 6.27 inches
  • Hopewell Junction: 6.09 inches
  • Beacon: 6.07 inches
  • Red Oaks Mill: 5.76 inches
  • Poughkeepsie: 5.53 inches
  • Dover Plains: 5.03 inches
  • Poughquag: 4.67 inches
  • Hyde Park: 4.4 inches
  • Tivoli: 3.2 inches
  • Red Hook: 3.18 inches
  • Staatsburg: 2.57 inches

How much rain fell in Orange?

  • Vails Gate: 5.74 inches
  • Montgomery: 5.65 inches
  • Otisville: 5.25 inches

How much rain fell in Ulster?

  • Wallkill: 6.22 inches
  • High Falls: 3.88 inches
  • Port Ewen: 3.73 inches
  • Boiceville: 3.53 inches
  • Olivebridge: 3.05 inches
  • Phoenicia: 3.05 inches
  • Ulster Park: 2.91 inches
  • Claryville: 2.37 inches

How much rain fell in Sullivan?

  • Rock Hill: 5.34 inches
  • Eldred: 5.09 inches
  • Monticello: 3.62 inches
  • Woodbourne: 3.62 inches
  • Jeffersonville: 3.28 inches
  • North Branch: 2.7 inches
  • Callicoon Center: 2.63 inches
  • Roscoe: 2.4 inches
  • Livingston Manor: 2.2 inches

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